Thursday, July 9, 2009

12 Badgers invited to USA Hockey Women's National Festival

The 41-player roster for the Aug 18-24 USA Hockey Women's National Festival in Blaine, MN includes 12 players with Badger ties:

Chanda Gunn
Jessie Vetter

Molly Engstrom
Kerry Weiland
Geena Prough

Brooke Ammerman
Brianna Decker
Meghan Duggan
Angie Keseley
Hilary Knight
Erika Lawler
Jinelle Zaugg

I see that Amanda Kessel is also on the roster. Has she committed anywhere yet?? announcement (neglects to include Prough)
usahockey announcement
camp roster

The festival will serve as the selection camp for the 2009-2010 National Team that will compete in the Qwest Tour. The 23-player roster will be named on Aug 24. The roster will further be pared down to the 21-player Olympic roster in mid-December.

First up for the National Team is the National Women's Invitational Tournament (Aug 26 - Sept 6, Vancouver), a test event for the 2010 Olympics. The Qwest Tour runs from Sept 25 through Feb 4. Additionally, the team will compete in the Four Nations Cup (Nov 2 - 8, Finland).

In somewhat related news, espn has a fun article by Team USA defenseman Caitlin Cahow about summer training.